News in 2008

Director and actor Sydney Pollack dies at 73

The Palm Springs International Film Festival was saddened to hear of the passing of filmmaker Sydney Pollack. Mr. Pollack was presented with the SAG Foundation Patron of the Arts Award at the 2007 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala. The award is presented to a person who has contributed significantly to the support of persons or projects that encourage and recognize the commitment to excellence in the movie industry.

Sydney Pollack is remembered not only for his Academy Award-winning direction for the film Out of Africa and nominations for Tootsie and Absence of Malice, but also for his acting talents. Unlike many other top directors of his era, Pollack was also a film and television actor himself, and he used this unique position to forge a relationship with Hollywood's elite stars and create some of the most successful films of the 1970s and '80s.

Pollack, diagnosed with cancer about nine months ago, died Monday afternoon, surrounded by family, at his home in Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles. He was 73.